In a break from tradition the race briefing was down on the harbour beach where Bob Hanson, one of the clubs founding members, thoughtfully provided bubbly and nibbles to members while Club Commodore Peter Bourne welcomed Four Winds, a Sabre dingy, as the newest addition to the fleet.
Bob has built Four Winds himself and for many of the members it was their first chance to see this beautiful piece of craftsmanship – having heard weekly progress updates from Bob over the last three years! In the end, the strong winds lead to Bob sensibly deciding to hold off his first race on Four Winds until next week.
Caroline Wren and Suzie McBride gave the race briefing – strong but changing winds meant a tricky course with sailors reminded to ‘watch the flags’.
Making their first start on the club’s Ynglings were ‘Try Sailing’ participants Ella Summers & Ruby Morrow. Kelly Hurley, Anton Tibbits and Ella crewed Sista Mermaid while Ruby and Jesse Morrow sailed with Ian Campbell on Apollo Bay & District Community Bank.
The fleet headed to sea with a 2 o’clock start off Point Bunbury, tacking into the fresh NE wind up to the top mark off Beachfront Motel.
Once again John Marriner and his ‘Salty Dogs’ on Interlude took the lead at the keelboat start with Mick Heland and crew on Ten Plus One speeding through behind. Boheme had a twisted jib and thus was off the pace at the start.
Boheme sailed by Gary and Angelika Millar and crew, recovered quickly to sweep through the field passing Interlude and then Bill Gross and crew on Tumbleweed. However, the Salty Dogs on Interlude still scored 3rd place on handicap.
The smaller boat start, five minutes later, was led by Flying Fifteen Miss Molly (Matt Armstrong and Peter Bourne) who sailed a fine race from start to finish to take line honours. Their blatant flattery of the rescue boat team was thus totally unnecessary – but much appreciated all the same!
Wickens and Windswept, the other two Flying Fifteens had a bump before the start and then tussled the whole race with the Pommie/Polish crew of Tim Cobb and Leseck Jaskiewicz narrowly holding off the Aussie blues Col Colman and John Tallis at the line.
With the wind shifting round to the SW the leaders came back through the fleet with Ten Plus One holding firm to the view that ‘Might is Right’ and giving way to Windswept close hauled on starboard tack only at the last minute.
On the club Ynglings, the ‘girls’ on Sista Mermaid timed their race to perfection after a slow start coming in just behind Wickens to finish 1st on handicap. Mr Tibbits was celebrating exuberantly before even crossing the finishing line and the race officials would have imposed a time penalty – but decided that there are some people who just can’t keep quiet no matter what you do!
Apollo Bay & District Community Bank got distracted by a close shave with Tumbleweed coming round the top mark allowing Morgan Stewart to come though on Ice Breaker to finish 2nd on handicap.
Sailing! Come along every Saturday at 12pm – no boat or experience necessary. Come and try it.
Results: Heat 5: ‘Leo DiCecco Plumbing’ Pre-Christmas Series Heat 5: ‘Beach Front Motel’ and ‘Four Winds Marine’ Club Championships. Handicap Yardstick
1st Sista Mermaid 1st Miss Molly
2nd Icebreaker 2nd Icebreaker
3rd Interlude 3rd Windswept
New members are always welcome. Come along around 12pm, briefing at 12:30pm, race starts 2pm.
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